Wiener MuTh turns ten: anniversary program presented

The concert and theater hall in Vienna’s Augarten, the MuTh, opened ten years ago. On the occasion of the presentation of the program for the 2022/23 anniversary season, director Elke Hesse took stock: “I can’t say how proud I am.” The MuTh is “a house that can create incredible closeness” for a “widely diversified audience”. .

Theater MuTh in Vienna

MuTh/Helmut Karl Lackner

The anniversary season focuses primarily on artists who have shaped MuTh from the start. At the same time, however, one wants to “look ahead with great enthusiasm and enthusiasm with many great new artists and new formats, even in challenging times”.

Top-class artists as guests at MuTh

The novelties in the cycle include “Masters & Students” and “Michael Schades Musiksalon” with “songs for every taste”. The list of artists includes Tobias Moretti, Karl Markovics, Sophie Heinrich, Daniel Ottensamer, Franz and Matthias Bartolomey, Timna Brauer, Christian Altenburger, Benjamin Schmid, Sona MacDonald, Johannes Krisch, Matthias Schorn, the Minetti Quartet – and of course the Viennese Boys’ Choir celebrating their 525th birthday in 2023. The tenth anniversary of MuTh will be celebrated on December 14th with a celebratory concert featuring Volkhard Steude and the MuTh anniversary ensemble.

Difficult second pandemic season

During the pandemic, the number of visitors halved – compared to around 67,000 spectators in 2018/2019, there will only be around 35,000 people and an occupancy rate of 48 percent in the current season. “We hope to catch up again next season,” said Hesse.

Like all other cultural institutions, the second CoV season is even more difficult than it was the first, in which state aid would have brought a balanced budget, says Hesse. “But we have learned a lot about reacting spontaneously, imaginatively and imaginatively to the current circumstances,” emphasized the director. This includes, for example, the “very successfully” started cooperation with the myfidelio classical music platform. Children’s operas such as “The Journey of the Little Prince” by Gerald Wirth were brought to 985 school classes with around 19,700 students in three nations.

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